October 2, 2021

Which Vaccines are Accepted for USA Travel

The United States Government has announced that foreign nationals from 33 countries will be permitted to travel again into the country as of November.

This comes as great news for the American tourism industry. However, international travelers will need to be vaccinated in order to be permitted back into the US.

Other requirements are in place and we will discuss them here in detail.

While there aren’t official reopening dates just yet, November is right behind the corner, and knowing all the confirmed details will certainly help to prepare any business or leisure travel.

Which Vaccines are Accepted for USA Travel

The US administration has permitted fully vaccinated foreign nationals to getting entry into the country. This is under the condition to have been administrated one of the authorized brands by the World Health Organization and the US Food and Drug Administration.

These vaccines accepted by the United States are:

  • Moderna
  • Pfizer/BioNtech
  • AstraZeneca
  • Janssen (Johnson & Johnson)
  • Moderna
  • Sinopharm
  • Sinovac/Coronavac

Apart from that, the other available vaccines were not approved by either the WHO and the FDA. These are Abdala, Novavax, Sputnik V, and Soberana.

Travelers Are Now Able to Fly Directly to the United States

International travelers previously needed to quarantine for 2 weeks when entering the USA. However, as of November, fully vaccinated individuals from 33 countries will now be able to fly directly into the country and travel freely.

The countries that will be allowed to travel to the US again will be as follow:

  • The 22 members of the European Union
  • Iran
  • India
  • Brazil
  • China
  • Ireland
  • Iceland
  • Norway
  • Switzerland
  • South Africa
  • Liechtenstein
  • The United Kingdom

Travelers from these 33 countries will be asked, upon their arrival, to show a certificate of vaccination as well as a negative Covid-19 test.

The rules remain the same for unvaccinated travelers as they will not be able to enter the United States.

Can Unvaccinated Travelers Enter the United States?

American citizens that decided not to receive their Covid-19 vaccination will still be able to enter the USA. However, they will need to provide a negative test to the disease dated 1 day prior to boarding their flight at most.

On the other hand, for all other nationalities, entry into the USA will be denied to them.

The Requirements to Travel to the USA

With the news that fully vaccinated travelers are able to get into the country come other requirements.

First of all, all international travelers, regardless of their nationality, will need to provide a negative test to Covid-19 made 72 hours prior to departure at most.

In addition to this, 2 full weeks must have passed from the final Covid-19 vaccine dose before being allowed into the country. For example, if you received your second dose on November 1st, you will be allowed into the United States as of November 15th.

Contact Details When Flying Into the USA

In order to prevent the further spread of the disease, airlines will keep the passengers’ contact information (email address and phone number). This is in case other passengers found themselves being positive – the airline will be able to contact the remaining travelers.

Land Borders With Mexico and Canada Remain Shut

While it is possible for fully vaccinated travelers with the vaccines listed above, land borders remain closed for non-essential travel. This translated to the American borders remaining closed with Canada and Mexico until the end of October at least.

However, people in need to travel for work, medical reasons, public health, diplomatic affairs, official government journeys, and military deployments are intended as being essential.